About NetBSD/mvmeppc

NetBSD/mvmeppc is the port of NetBSD to Motorola's PowerPC VME Single Board Computers (SBC). The first Motorola SBC (68k-based) was introduced in 1988. Motorola has continued development on 68k and PowerPC based SBC VME modules.

Development activity on NetBSD/mvmeppc continues at a speed that depends on people's spare time and access to hardware. NetBSD runs on a subset of the now obsolete MVME160x family of PowerPC-based MVME boards, but support for more recent boards will be added as and when hardware becomes available to NetBSD developers.

NetBSD/mvmeppc News

2002-02-27: NetBSD ported to Motorola MVMEPPC Single Board Computers

Thanks to a donation of two MVME160x boards (and a third "loaner") by Gan Starling, a port to Motorola's MVMEPPC Single Board Computers has been made possible.

NetBSD/mvmeppc is currently able to boot to multi-user on an MVME1603-051 board as a diskless NFS client. Work is in progress to add support for booting from disk.

Archive of NetBSD/mvmeppc news items

Supported Single Board Computer Modules

Boot Options


  • network


  • disk
  • CD-ROM
  • tape